WHY ATHEISM IS A BELIEF SYSTEM

Article by Andy Bannister | excerpted from RZIM Zacharias Trust

This is an excerpt, please visit Zacharias Trust to read the complete article and footnotes


In recent weeks, the merry bunch of atheists who like to hang out on my Twitter feed have posted similar examples, my favourite being:

Atheism isn’t a claim. It’s just non-belief in the claim “There is a god”.

Since this idea is heard increasingly frequently, often when the atheist making it is asked to give reasons or evidence for their position, it’s worth taking the time to Continue reading

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Many Atheists Aren’t So Sure: The Doubts of Doubters

By Eric Metaxas , Christian Post Contributor | Sep 28, 2017 | Excerpted from The Christian Post


Sometimes, holding on to faith in God can be hard. But then again, so can holding on to faith in no God.

One of the most persistent challenges of the Christian life is doubt. The most faithful, and spiritually mature believers experience it, especially in the midst of trials, temptations, or hard questions.

Every one of us occasionally wonders whether God is Continue reading

Billy Graham: 2 Reasons Christians Should Avoid Witchcraft, Occult Practices

A Note From St. Michaels Journal:  Far too often Exorcists report that the victim claims to have participated in occult activities just prior to becoming oppressed or possessed; The Reverend Billy Graham offers sound advice to all in the following article.


By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT | October 2 2017 | Excerpted from The Gospel Herald
Evangelist Billy Graham has warned against dabbling in witchcraft and occult practices to communicate with the dead, as they can “harm you spiritually.”

The 98-year-old founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently responded to a question posed by a reader, who wrote: Continue reading

At Long Last, Here’s a Doc About What It’s Actually Like To Be an Exorcist

ALAN SCHERSTUHL | OCTOBER 11, 2017 | Excerpted from The Houston Press
The biggest shock in Federica Di Giacomo’s Deliver Us, a doc tracking the everyday toil of exorcists in Sicily, comes when the priests, at last enjoying a respite from the writhing/spitting/yowling parishioners who occupy their days, admit to each other what Continue reading

Possessed

BY LARRY YUDELSON October 19, 2017 | Excerpted from the New Jersey Jewish Standard

How do we know that Dr. Yossi Chajes’ “Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism” is of the five best? That’s what a University of Texas professor, Dr. Brian P. Levack, wrote in his annotated list, which was published in the Wall Street Journal in 2013.
“It was very flattering to see it there,” Dr. Chajes said. Dr. Chajes, who grew up in Continue reading

Filipino exorcist tells priests to bless religious objects properly

October 16 2017 Excerpted from UCA News
Even rosaries bought in church stores can become an ‘object of curse’ if not properly blessed, he says
One of the country’s leading exorcists reminded Catholic priests to perform the blessing of sacramentals, or religious objects, properly to avoid “demonic infestation.” Continue reading

Demonic Howls Erupt During Apparition

September 18, 2017 | Spirit Daily
On September 2, 2017, Mirjana Soldo received her monthly apparition at the Blue Cross in the presence of a very large crowd.
During this apparition, a rather common phenomenon occurred once again. But on this day, it was on a scale I had never seen before. People in large numbers began to howl blasphemies and yell like animals as soon as the Blessed Mother appeared. This went on for some time, and then everything gradually calmed down. When people who are tormented by demons are in the presence of Our Lady these demons sometimes manifest their anger in this way.
A priest who was there with us told me at the end of the apparition that he had perceived the coming of the Mother of God within his soul, and the luminous cloud on which she stands. This cloud slowly moved downward, pushing the demons down into the abyss, which unleashed their revolt and even prompted them to fight against each other. This priest belongs to a team that works with an exorcist every week, and he has the gift of seeing in spirit what is happening in the invisible realm. These realities are not new; the Gospel reveals a number of them to us. However in our days, with the growing number of harmful practices and the serious sins that are being committed, many people are opening their doors to Satan and his angels without being aware of it. Let us therefore pray a great deal to the Mother of God, because she was chosen by God to crush the head of the serpent. She is the best exorcist after Jesus! The Rosary prayer is a very powerful weapon against the forces of evil.
An exorcist from the diocese of Milano, Don Ambrogio Villa, reported what Satan said during a recent exorcism. Summoned to answer the questions which the priest asked him, Satan said: “For us (demons), Medjugorje is our hell on earth!” (See PS 1). No surprise there! Given the intensity of prayers surrounding the daily visits of Our Lady, given the evenings of adoration with people in their thousands, given the many sincere confessions, conversions and reconciliations, it isn’t surprising that the enemy of humankind feels awful there. But we must keep watch! He is doing everything he can to oppose the plan of the Mother of God and to destroy it. This is why our Heavenly Mother is counting on us today more than ever. She asked us again this month at the Blue Cross with Ivan, to pray for the plans she has for Medjugorje and for her projects. “I need your prayers to help the world,” she said at the very beginning of the apparitions. Let’s not let her down, because a lot of what will happen depends on our prayers and our fasting! It actually depends on our good will to live her messages or to ignore them.